So you've just wrapped up a family feast and loaded
Although there's a small chance your appliance may be defective, most likely some prep work needs to be done before you throw in all that dirty dinnerware.
Here are some tips to ensure you're maximizing your dishwasher's potential and getting the cleanest dishes possible.
A pre-rinse makes all the difference
It may seem counterintuitive to lightly wash the dishes before loading them into a machine that's supposed to do it for you. But pre-rinsing allows some of those caked-on foods to 'loosen up'. It will also eliminate bigger pieces of food that would otherwise clog your dishwasher's drain. A pre-rinse doesn't mean you have to do the scrubbing. All you have to do is run your items under the tap before throwing them into the machine.
Cleaning the 'old-fashioned' way
Bigger items like pots, pans and party platters should not be put in the dishwasher. They tend to cover the spouts and hover over smaller items, preventing water from reaching all areas. Wash bigger items by hand and you'll notice a huge difference in your dishwasher's performance.
More is less
Many of us like to fill detergent cups to the brim, thinking that more soap will make our dishes cleaner. But the truth is just the opposite. Too much detergent can affect the cleaning process, as the appliance needs enough time to rinse out the suds before the end of the cycle. The last thing you want is soap film over your dishes and the toxic smell of detergent lingering in your mugs. If your dishwasher has two cups for detergent, try filling up just one and see how that affects the overall result.
Give clearance room for spray arms
The positioning of your items in the dishwasher is crucial. Make sure nothing is hovering over the bottom spray arm - as this is the device that will also clean the items on your top rack. If you have plates leaning over this spray arm, the water will not be able to reach surrounding areas.
Place cups face-down
Remember that the top rack is especially reserved for your drinkware. Always place your cups face-down on this top rack to ensure maximum clean. A face-down position will allow the detergent to spray up into it from the bottom of the appliance. And then the water will be able to drip down out of it during the rinse cycle.
If you've followed the above tips and your dishes are still not clean, you should contact an appliance repair company for an assessment. For instance, you may have a faulty component that is hampering the water pressure in your dishwasher. A repair professional is the only one that should be fixing internal defects within your appliance. Shop around for the best price and get your dishwasher working for you again!